Full Frame Receives Grant Support From The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

    Full Frame is the only North Carolina–based grant recipient this year

    Durham, N.C. – May 18, 2020 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, has received grant support from the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Notably, Full Frame is the Academy’s only North Carolina–based grant recipient this year.

    The Academy announced 96 recipients of its 2020 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants, which includes recipients of the emergency grant funds announced last month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants range from $5,000 to $200,000, for a combined total of $2.5 million in funds. Awards are based on current need and go to organizations that support filmmakers and reach audiences from underserved communities.

    “We are extremely grateful to the Academy for their generous support of Full Frame, which allows us to further our mission supporting the theatrical exhibition of documentary film both at the annual festival and in our year-round initiatives, including education,” said Deirdre Haj, Full Frame’s director.

    “The Academy’s first priority remains to help those in our film community most impacted by the current global crisis. Our contribution of $2 million in emergency funds to the Academy Foundation, along with the grants we bestow on an annual basis, will surely benefit struggling organizations so they may continue to encourage diverse storytelling and enrich cinema and its artists,” said Academy governor and Education Committee chair Nancy Utley.

    The 24th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is scheduled to take place April 8–11, 2021. To learn more about Full Frame’s mission, the festival, and year-round programs, please visit fullframefest.org.

    About Full Frame

    The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes over 10,000 filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. The 24th annual festival will be held on April 8–11, 2021.

    The festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) affiliated with Duke University, and receives support from corporate sponsors, private foundations, and individual donors whose generosity provides the foundation that makes the event possible. The Presenting Sponsor of the festival is Duke University. To learn more about the mission of Full Frame or how to support Full Frame, visit fullframefest.org.